Written by: Eli Blahut Photos by: Bill Comstock Date of entry: 3/14/2010 Most people probably recognize him as Titan from the latest incarnation of American Gladiators, or as a guy they've seen on the cover of a million fitness magazines. But thereâs more to Mike O'Hearn's story than that. He owns a resume that reads longer than an ingredient list on the back of a fat burning supplement: seven-time Fitness Model of the Year, four-time Mr. Natural Universe, and a tae kwon do, judo and powerlifting champion. And apparently, hangovers aren't an issue for him, either. Training isnât just a game for OâHearn, itâs a lifestyle. âYouâre not working out, youâre fighting,â he says. Thereâs no sarcasm in his tone. Another thing: O'Hearn doesn't do the same workout twice, so asking him what he did yesterday or has on deck for tomorrow is probably a waste of breath. Chest day starts on the incline bench. Joining Mike is 26-year-old amateur bodybuilder Franco Dominguez from Argentina. Warm-up sets are 135, 225 and 275 pounds. âI donât know light,â O'Hearn says with a smirk. But itâs more than a smirk; itâs a challenge. He wants to be pushed, to have someone keep up with him. That's what athletes do — they compete, especially when there is a camera around. Mike is performer, one who'd rather push himself to the limit than look weak while, figuratively, being on stage. They end their battle with the incline bench with 6 sets, 3 reps each, and 375 tacked onto the bar by the final set.Advertisement
Mike wasn't in a hurry between sets. It wasn't enough time to watch a sitcom or anything, but enough time passed to mention it. âI always take as much time as I need between setsâ O'Hearn said. âUsually I take between 2 and 5 minutes. 5 minutes between sets may seem like a long time, but for me, it's not about the pump, it's about the tear." 5 minutes!? Damn... Next up: incline dumbbell presses. Mike grabbed the 100s and tossed them up explosively for an easy ten reps. Franco followed. Mike then took 120s for another easy 10 reps. Franco followed. Next was 130s again for an easy ten repsâ¦but Franco didn't follow. He stuck with 120s and did his best to get 10 strict reps. He stayed at that weight for remaining two sets. Mike knocked out 10 more reps with the 140s. âFranco, youâre smart; most guys would try to keep up with me,â O'Hearn said. Franco explained that he is not used to this type of training. Three reps on the incline bench and six sets in a row isn't part of his norm. Franco already appeared a little wiped out. Mike then took the 150s off the rack and pressed them for 10 reps. Franco shortly followed with the 120s for ten more. The third exercise was flat dumbbell flyâs. Mike and Franco started with 75s for 8 reps. On the second set, Mike grabbed the 95s and completed an easy 8 reps. Franco wore a face of worry. âI never go above 80s on these,â he said. He grabbed the 95s, determined to squeeze out a few reps. Mikes spotted him so he could get 8, then O'Hearn took the 105s and knocked out 8 reps before tossing them tot he floor. Franco stuck with 95s again for 8 reps.
Both Mike and Franco started on the decline barbell press with 135 for 10 reps. Next, OâHearn threw on another plate (225 pounds) and pushed out 8 more. Franco did the same. OâHearn threw another plate on and told Franco and I to take a plate off after 5 reps so he could keep on going. He pushed the 315 up 5 times, then without racking the weight, we took a plate off and he did 8 reps. "Take off another plate," he yelled. We did, and knocked out 10 more reps. Franco decided to play it safe and stay at 225 for 10 reps, then did a dropset to 135 for another 10 reps.An hour and fifteen minutes in, Mike declared the workout over. Franco looked relieved. Before he left, Franco said, "I know I'm going to be sore..." Then the two shook hands and went their separate ways.